Rethinking education for the 21st century means recognizing that learning can happen anytime, anywhere – far beyond the boundaries of the school day or a brick and mortar building. Secretary DeVos has challenged the nation to question everything, to ensure that nothing limits students from being prepared for what comes next. Here at the Department of Education, we believe in putting our principles into action – and we’ve taken the Secretary’s challenge to heart. Yesterday, more than 180 children joined their family member at the Lyndon B. Johnson Building to learn about skills used on the job and to think about where their talents can take them in life.
The day’s motto was “Workforce Development for All.” Activities focused on empowering these children to effect positive changes within their homes, schools, and communities. Interactive learning experiences helped build skills like teamwork, communication, and critical thinking – skills that equip the next generation for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.
ED’s partner organizations for the day included the Kennedy Center, Junior Tennis Champions Center, YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, FCCLA, HOSA Future Health Professionals, and the FFA organization. These organizations set up a variety of activities for the students to participate in all morning with their parents.
This one-of-a-kind experience isn’t just about children accompanying their parents to the office – though for many, it’s an important first introduction to the world of work. It’s also about teaching children, from an early age, that there are multiple pathways to success and that education should be a lifelong pursuit.